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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published October 25, 2017


Rounds with Leadership: Bridging the Nurse Faculty Shortage

"Without enough faculty members to teach the next generation of health professionals, the nation's health infrastructure is in jeopardy" (Moskowitz, 2007, p. 1).  This dire assessment by the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) is as relevant today as it was when the AAHC's survey of health system CEOs was released a decade ago.
Within academic nursing, the faculty shortage has been well documented (Berlin & Sechrist, 2002; Yordy, 2006; Allan & Aldebron, 2008) and is reaching a critical juncture. New data show that one-third of the rapidly aging nurse faculty workforce is projected to retire by 2025 (Fang & Kesten, 2017). This finding, based on data compiled by AACN, should serve as a call to action to leaders in nursing education and practice to seek out new ways for preparing the faculty needed to teach, generate research, and innovate clinical practice.


Weekly Digest

In the September-October 2017 issue of Nursing Economic$, Dr. Peter Buerhaus and colleagues report on the State of the Registered Nurse Workforce as a New Era of Health Reform Emerges. Using data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau (American Community Survey) and the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (IPEDS) from 2001-2015, the following results were identified:

  • In 2015, nurses with a baccalaureate or graduate degree composed 62% of the RN workforce, representing an increase from 55% in 2001.
  • The population of nurses from underrepresented groups has increased from 18% in 2001 to 24% in 2015. By comparison, individuals from diverse racial/ethnic groups comprised 21% of the U.S. labor force in 2014.
  • The RN population is currently 88% female, 12% male.

The study's authors project that the growth in the nursing workforce through 2030 will be large enough to replace more than 1 million RNs expected to retire during this time period, though growth will be uneven throughout the country, resulting in temporary and local shortages. 

AACN Updates


The Social Pulse

Prestigious Award for Health Care Provider Training and Education 

Applications are now open for the 2nd annual Innovation Award for Health Care Provider Training and Education. This award recognizes health professional training programs that are ahead of the curve in providing nutrition, physical activity, and obesity counseling education to their students. Find out if your program qualifies at

AACN Joins Research!America to Thank Public Health Professionals

November 20 is Public Health Thank You Day! On this day, organizations recognize public health professionals who work tirelessly every day to protect us from disease, injury, and other health threats. From the ordinary to the extraordinary, these heroes keep our drinking water safe, air clean, and children healthy. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #PHTYD, and visit Research!America's PHTYD page for videos and other resources you can share on social media.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: House to vote on Senate's FY 2018 Budget proposal; and AACN and NIDA announce call for evidence-based practice proposals on substance use disorder treatment. 


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Featured Resource

AACN-TV is an online portal for showcasing innovations in academic nursing. This platform will provide AACN member schools access to high quality video services at a discounted rate, which will facilitate their ability to show the "human side" of their programs to a national audience and to educate the next generation of professional nurses.  

Videos produced may be used to help recruit new students and faculty, highlight nurse-led research efforts, profile faculty members and/or students, spotlight community-based health services, showcase curricular innovations, illustrate pathways into nursing, and in many other ways. Schools producing video segments will own the content and may use the promotional material for their own marketing and communications purposes. AACN is committed to sharing the resulting videos with a national audience via media outreach, at upcoming conferences, through the association's nursing school directory, and on AACN's meetings app.

The following schools have produced videos for AACN-TV, which will be streamed throughout AACN's Academic Nursing Leadership Conference in Washington, DC on October 28-31:

Auburn University at Montgomery 
Baylor University 
East Tennessee State University  
Florida Atlantic University  
Husson University 
Indiana University-Purdue University  
Indiana University 
James Madison University 
Nova Southeastern University 
Old Dominion University  
Purdue University Northwest 
Purdue University West Lafayette  
Robert Morris University  
Rush University  
Saginaw Valley State University 
Simmons College  
South Dakota State University 
St. John Fisher College 
Texas A & M at Corpus Christi  
Texas State University 
Texas Woman's University 
The Ohio State University 
     The University of Illinois at Chicago 
The University of Iowa  
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center 
The University of Texas at Tyler 
University of Houston 
University of Memphis 
University of Minnesota  
University of Nevada Las Vegas 
University of Rochester  
University of South Carolina Upstate  
University of South Dakota  
University of South Florida 
University of Tennessee Knoxville 
University of Texas at Austin  
University of Texas Medical Branch 
University of Vermont 
University of Wisconsin-Madison 
University of Wyoming 
Villanova University 
West Coast University 


Nursing schools interested in finding out more about AACN-TV, including production requirements, timeline, and costs are encouraged to contact site producer Danny Cohen with New Media News TV at For additional information, contact AACN's Chief Communications Officer Robert Rosseter at



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